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Game 88: Red Sox at Rays

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 14, 2012 03:00 PM

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Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:

RED SOX (44-43)
Ellsbury CF
Ciriaco 2B
Ortiz DH
Ross RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Aviles SS
Shoppach C
Lillibridge 1B
Nava LF
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-2, 5.53)

RAYS (45-42)
Johnson SS
Pena 1B
Zobrist RF
Upton CF
Scott DH
Keppinger 3B
Jennings LF
Molina C
Rodriguez 2B
Pitching: LHP David Price (11-4, 2.82)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Price: Ortiz 4-22, Gonzalez 3-18, Ellsbury 4-16, Aviles 2-11, Salty 1-8, Ross 1-6, Lillibridge 2-5, Nava 0-5, Sweeney 2-4, Shoppach 1-2, Middlebrooks 2-3, Punto 0-3.

Rays vs. Buchholz: Scott 6-26, Pena 5-25,Zobrist 3-23, Matsui 6-19, Upton 6-17, Molina 4-10, Rodriguez 3-9, Rhymes 4-7, Jennings 0-3, Keppinger 0-3, Johnson 1-2.

Stat of the Day: Kevin Youkilis is 18 of 53 (.340) with five extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in 14 games since he was traded to the White Sox. Will Middlebrooks is 4 of 31 (.129) with two extra-base hits and three RBIs in eight games since the trade,

Notes: The Sox start the day 1.5 games out of second place in the division and 1.5 games out of the second wild-card sport. They have won two of three. Then again, they have lost six of eight. ... The Rays have dropped 10 of their last 15 games. ... Price is 6-4, 3.22 in 12 career starts against the Red Sox. He has faced them twice this season, pitching poorly on April 13 (3 IP, 3 ER, 83 pitches) and well on May 26 (7 IP, 1 ER, 115 pitches). ... Buchholz returns from the disabled list to pitch for the first time since June 19 against Miami. He is 4-0, 2.43 in his last five starts. Buchholz is 5-3, 2.49 in 11 career starts against the Rays including three this season. ... The Red Sox lead the majors with 316 extra-base hits. The Yankees are second with 299. ... Ortiz has hit safely in 14 of 15 games at 19 of 50 (.380) with five homers and 15 walks. ... Ciriaco is 10 of 16 with four runs scored, six RBIs and three steals in four games. ... The Red Sox are 22-19 on the road with wins in 21 of their last 35 games. ... The Sox are 6-4 against the Rays this season. ... Red Sox are 18-9 when facing a lefthanded starter.

Song of the Day: "The Price You Pay" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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